S1450 - Rehabilitation Officer (Visual Impairment)

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Posted: 03/06/2021 13:42
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £24,000.00 per annum (FTE £28,000.00 per annum)
Location: Isle of Wight
Level: Technical
Deadline: 20/06/2021 23:59
Hours: 30
Benefits: Excellent
Job Type: Fixed Term

This role is based on a Fixed Term contract (Ending 31st March 2022)

Location: Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Sensory Services provides specialist support across the Island for people who are Visually impaired, Deaf, Hard of Hearing or have a Dual Sensory loss. The service is delivered by RNID on behalf of the Isle of Wight Council and works closely with other local organisations, professionals, carers, and families to deliver services and promote a better understanding on the impact of sensory impairment. The Isle of Wight Sensory Service is seeking a Rehabilitation Officer Vi who will assist in the provision of services to sight impaired service users across the Island.

Interview Date: 29th June 2021

This post is also subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance. 

Staff Benefits

You'll enjoy a range of excellent benefits and access to ongoing support and learning and development programmes across the country. We provide an attractive and competitive salary and benefits package. We also recognise your talent and commitment by helping you to take care of your health, life balance and financial wellbeing.

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata if part time)
  • Bank holiday enhancement
  • Cycle to work scheme to help you save on the price of a new bike
  • Health scheme to cover you and your family’s health from £7 per month
  • Employee assistance programme that gives you and your family free, confidential support.
  • Enhanced benefits, including maternity, paternity and shared parental leave
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Supporting you to study including time off for study leave and external courses
  • Workplace pension scheme
  • £50,000 life assurance
  • Interest-free season ticket loans
  • Discounts and savings on our products and publications, and a half-price subscription to our magazine
  • An annual ceremony where we recognise those nominated for Pod award as well as rewarding winners.
  • The annual ‘Big Satisfaction’ staff survey measuring levels of engagement and job satisfaction
  • We are proud to hold the Investors in People Standard
  • Staff council and staff companions.
  • We are proud to hold Disability Confident Employer status.
  • Our three core values are People, Passion and Partnership. These values guide and challenge how we act, how we behave towards others, and how we go about our day-to-day work.

Learning & Development

We place high importance on giving our staff the opportunity to develop their careers. We therefore provide access to a wide range of learning and development opportunities including inductions, training courses, accredited qualifications, and coaching and mentoring schemes.

  • Induction programme for new starters covering everything you need to know about our organisation, as well as providing an introduction to hearing loss.
  • British Sign Language training and certification.
  • An internal coaching scheme
  • Partnership mentoring scheme where we match employees with suitable mentors at the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) and the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS).

Job Description

Overall Purpose of the Role:

To provide holistic assessments of need and rehabilitation support to service users with sight loss and their families; with the aim of improving and sustaining their quality of life and access to services. This includes the provision of training to use appropriate equipment and having knowledge of other services where people can be signposted to, for further guidance and support.

To develop local links with sensory loss communities and other statutory and voluntary agencies operating within the contract boundaries including elected members of the council and health authority representatives.

Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities:

  • To provide holistic assessments of need for sight impaired service users along with rehabilitation support and orientation and mobility tuition as appropriate.
  • To assist the Sensory Service Team in their work with visually impaired service users.
  • Assist the VI team to develop and provide services for service users with a visual loss across the Island, as specified in relevant legislation and as requested by the Isle of Wight Council.  
  • Apply specialist knowledge and skills to give advice, instruction, support and provision of equipment and adaptations.
  • Provide communication training and equipment as required promoting the service users access to information.
  • Provide holistic person – centred support to service users with a visual loss in line with their individual plan and expressed wishes in ways that are both planned and flexible.
  • To raise awareness of the availability of the service by attending events and making presentations on the service. Attend and contribute to working groups dealing with visual impairment issues. Identify service gaps and assist with possible resolutions.
  • To have an understanding and working knowledge of relevant legislation concerning the responsibilities and duties of social care services to individuals with a visual impairment. Contribute to policy and guidelines for those working with and providing a service to individuals with a visual impairment.
  • To complete any other duties and responsibilities when requested, which are commensurate with this role.

Dimensions of the Role:

  • Provide Sight Impaired People with a holistic assessment of need.
  • Provide equipment; advice and practical support to enable Sight Impaired service users to maintain their independence.
  • This role will report to the Sensory Service Manager.

Other Requirements:

  • This post is home based – 30 hours.
  • Remote working across the Isle of Wight.
  • A willingness to maintain continual professional development and participate in training as required.

Person Specification:





  •   Experience of working with VI people in the community but we will accept newly qualified workers
  •   Up to date knowledge of current legislation relating to visual impairment
  •  Experience of taking a holistic approach to the provision of support for those with sight loss and working with families/friends in a social care or community support environment to facilitate the achievement of the Sensory Impaired persons aims and aspirations.

Qualifications / Professional Training

  • Hold a qualification in VI Rehabilitation at Certificate/Diploma level.
  • An understanding of Safeguarding and the legislation that underpins it.

Skills / Knowledge

  •   An understanding of the traumatic impact of a sight impairment on service user’s carers and families.
  •   An understanding of person- centred assessments and how to signpost service users to other services
  •   Demonstratable knowledge of working within and applying safeguarding legislation and procedures.
  •   An understanding of GDPR and the legislation that underpins it.
  •   Good IT skills particularly of Microsoft Office
  •   To have a good working knowledge of health and safety guidelines in respect of client and lone working.
  •   Knowledge and understanding of environmental equipment to support people with a sensory impairment.

Personal Qualities

  •   Excellent interpersonal skills & ability to communicate with an array of people
  •   An understanding and commitment to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to manage own time effectively.

Thinking Style

  •   Commitment to equal opportunities.
  •   Commitment to follow RNID core values.


  • Working hours: Monday – Friday 9.00 – 5.00 with occasional weekend work and flexible working hours if required
  • The post holder will be home based.

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